Daddy's Little Girl Paperback – Large Print, Feb 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Writing in the first person a rarity for this veteran author has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tale of suspense and revenge. Clark's new heroine is Atlanta investigative journalist Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her sister, Andrea, 15, was beaten to death by 20-year-old Rob Westerfield, scion of the wealthiest family in a small Westchester town. Now Westerfield is up for parole, so Ellie, now 30, returns home to speak out against him. When Westerfield is released, Ellie begins to write a book aimed at re-proving his guilt. Digging for evidence, she uncovers clues that Westerfield may have committed another murder as a youth, but that digging also enrages the Westerfields and other town members who think the man was railroaded. Before long, Ellie's life is in danger, as someone breaks into the house she's staying in, then later sets fire to it, nearly killing her, and as Westerfield himself begins to shadow her moves. What makes this novel work isn't only the considerable tension Clark teases from Ellie's precarious position, but the thoughtful backgrounding to the action. Ellie is cast as a lonely woman, without a lover and estranged from her father and half-brother: will she accept one or the other into her guarded life?; and she carries a heavy load of guilt for her sister's death, wondering at times if she is blinded by her thirst for vengeance. With its textured plot, well-sketched secondary characters, strong pacing and appealing heroine, this is Clark at her most winning. (On sale, Apr. 16)
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From Library Journal
At the parole hearing for Donald Waring, Trish Duncan begins to wonder whether he was wrongly convicted of killing her sister 20 years ago.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Beginning in the childhood of a seven-year-old, Ellie Cavanaugh faces the tragedy of her sister Andrea's murder. Rob Westerfield, Andrea's teenage sweetheart, comes from one of the most powerful and prominent families of Westchester County. Following an agonizing trial, he gets charged with the murder and put behind bars. As a successful investigative reporter twenty-three years later, Ellie is still not satisfied. After moving back to Westchester County, she contacts many relatives and friends in search of valuable information for the website she builds. Her goal is to prove Rob's guilt to the public, and stop his release from jail. As suspected, the Westerfield family discovers Ellie and her plans, and with all of their power refuse to rest until she gets "taken care of."
With impact, the setting of this book plays a considerable role in Ellie's investigation. She returns to her home town, where the murder took place, in order to dig up old information, not earlier discovered. Her childhood, along with other countless memories continually come up, which make Ellie only more eager to incriminate Westerfield. Rob's grandmother's garage, the murder site, was also the secret meeting place of Andrea and Rob.Read more ›
After twenty years Rob was coming up for parole. With his family's influence and money there was no doubt he would be released this time. The family also had an author writing Rob's life story to gain public sympathy.
Ellie had grown up and became an investigative reporter with the Atlanta News. She returned to her hometown to make sure Rob was not acquitted. Most believed Rob innocent of Andrea's death. As Ellie investigated and posted her findings on the web for the world to see, she became targeted for murder.
***** Mary Higgins Clark had not written this well in several years. I found it to be MUCH better than her last few novels! Clark seems to have found her muse once again! Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
At least she is able to help put the man who killed her sister, Robson Westerfield, behind bars. But that doesn't keep the family together, and Ellie and her father become estranged.
When her sister's killer is paroled and for reasons you'll discover in the book, wants a retrial to prove his innocence, Ellie becomes involved in following a complex trail of Rob's past crimes. There are a few untied strings at the end when people who help Ellie just vanish from the story, and sometimes all the people who step forward to help her so brazenly seems a bit unrealistic - plus, even many of the people who believe in Rob's innocence are still quite kind and helpful to Ellie. Regardless, there are plenty of challenges for Ellie as she determines to use all of her skill as well as her memories and love for her sister to prevent Rob from getting his way and getting away scot-free to torture someone else. But the biggest lesson she learns along the way is that though she is tough, determined, intelligent, and willing to do all she can to bring Rob to justice - sometimes you just have to accept some help, and sometimes nothing - not even loss through murder - can take away Daddy's Little Girl.
Then there are the other "suspects". There's that mysterious salesman that was around the time of the murder. Clark gives this piece of information and then does absolutely nothing with it. It sounds as if the police make little to no effort to find this guy. And of course there's Paul. I don't get what Clark was trying to do with this character. He's never a very bright guy, but one minute it's just like, he's probably not going to get into college anytime soon, and the next he's 3 IQ points away from being mentally challenged and the big bad Rob is taking advantage of Paul the feeb.
And was anyone else expecting something different from the title "Daddy's Little Girl"? When I first picked up this book, I thought it might have been possible that there was something going on between "Daddy" and Andrea. That would have been a lot more interesting than what Clark wrote.
All in all, I had a lot of ideas about what was going to happen in this book, and it turns out the reality was way less than what I expected.
Most recent customer reviews
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite suspense writers and she did not let me down with this book. Gripping from begining to end. Hard to put down. A definite must read!Published on March 14 2009 by Suzie Q
When she was only seven years old, Ellie Cavanaugh's fifteen-year-old beautiful high school student sister, Andrea, was viciously murdered, her head violently smashed in by a... Read morePublished on July 14 2006 by ravenclaw29
This book is suspenseful gripping and makes you want to read more and more you won't want to put it down when you start reading it. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Mel
Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when her older sister Andrea was murdered one night. This event caused the Cavanaugh family to fall apart. Read morePublished on May 27 2004
I think this book was awsome and once i started readin it i couldn't put it down it's awsome and i'm going to buy all her other books. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Melissa Gladue
Ellie Cavenaugh lived in a family of four until she was 7 years old. At age 15 her sister, Andrea, was brutally murdered. Ellie was the one to find her in the back of a garage. Read morePublished on May 18 2004
Daddy's Little Girl is an exraordinary book written by Mary Higgins Clark. Not knowing what kind of author she was, I decided to take a chance and read the book. Read morePublished on May 18 2004
This book is very suspensful. I could go into details but I wouldn't want to ruin the exciting ending. I would definatly purchase this book.Published on May 3 2004 by L. Sainovich
"Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark was superb! It is definitely one of the best books I have ever read! On every page it always keeps you guessing. Read morePublished on April 30 2004